Ukrainian Politics

 "I was given a choice to quit or become an accomplice," – Minister Danyliuk responds to PM’s motion on his dismissal

Ukraine’s Finance Minister Oleksandr Danyliuk says he was required to allocate funds for projects run by the lawmakers elected under the majority system.

"Tremendous pressure has been put on me over the last year. I have been required to support the program of ‘subventions for the social and economic development of the regions’. Loosely translated, that means allocation of funds for the projects of the lawmakers elected under the majority system. This is political corruption dubbed buckwheat," the minister wrote on social media Censor.NET reports.

"It was the crowning moment today: I was given a choice to quit or become an accomplice. I don’t sell the country," he stressed.

"I demand strict compliance with the regulations which means giving me the floor in the parliament before the voting," Danyliuk added.

On June 6, Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Hroisman signed a request to the Verkhovna Rada on Danyliuk’s dismissal from the post of Finance Minister.

As reported, Danyliuk tried to steamroll the appointment of his adviser Yana Buhrimova to the post of Deputy Finance Minister in charge of customs policy at the government meeting on May 23. The minister’s request was denied following a short squabble with PM Hroisman during which Danyliuk even mentioned his resignation. However, he later said he had no intent to resign.

The finance minister also wrote a letter to the G7 ambassadors to avoid possible manipulations surrounding his conflict with the prime minister. In his letter published May 31, which was written before Hroisman's May 25 visit to Brussels, Danyliuk stressed that he insists on the right to form his own team independently - without agreement of the prime minister or the president, who allegedly sought persons put forward by MPs Ihor Kononenko and Nina Yuzhanina to be appointed to this post.

Hroisman considers that letter unacceptable.

Источник: https://censor.net.ua/en/n3070043